Garden Design
Garden Ninja shares his tips for designing privacy in an overlooked back garden. Privacy is essential in any residential garden, but achieving it can be difficult. Whilst it would be lovely to move your house to an open field, the practicalities often mean you have to work with rather than against neighbours. It’s about achieving the ‘feeling’ of privacy rather than the ‘absolute’ privacy of 8ft high walls. A better method is to use planting and structures to block or restrict certain viewpoints. It’s about breaking the line of sight rather than blocking it out completely. In this garden we have used standard trees, suited to the soil type and slight shade to help diffuse the views from neighbouring gardens. They also give a real structure to the small space drawing your eyes inwards rather than outwards over the low fences.

All explained by Garden Ninja, Manchesters Garden Designer and blogger Lee Burkhill. He’s an RHS winning garden designer and expert panelist on BBC Radio Manchester’s Saturday morning garden phone in.

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